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Volunteer paramedic honoured after dying of coronavirus

A volunteer paramedic has been honoured after succumbing to coronavirus in New York City.

Paul Cary, 66, had travelled from the western US state of Colorado to join a coronavirus task force with private medical firm Ambulnz. 

For three weeks he had helped to transport patients to local hospitals, and had signed up for a second 30-day deployment when he began to feel ill.

On Sunday a huge procession – including hundreds of emergency services personnel – escorted his body to Newark Liberty Airport to be flown back to Colorado.

“All of our first responders honoured him as if he had been a lifelong New Yorker,” said the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. “He ended up coming to New York City to help us in our hour of need, and then so painful that this disease has taken him.”

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